Posted by Kristian Ponsford on 25 April 2014

We love the difference apps have made to songwriting and worship leading. We caught up with Kristian Ponsford to ask him what his top 5 current apps were. He gave us 6. He’s just the gift that keeps on giving!

Remember; when using apps that make use of digital files, whether PDF or audio, please make sure that you own the files and are not sharing them, which can break copyright law and undermine the work of songwriters.

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OnSong

Carrying around all my chord charts in one app is amazing. I can quickly pull up any song and transpose to any key, brilliant! Also, I have taken it a step further and linked it to AbletonLive so whatever track I trigger in Ableton will also load the chords and lyrics in OnSong in the right key and automatically scroll along with the loop.

[Ed: Check out Kristian’s blog for details of how he does this. You won’t need an ‘ology’ but it helps…..]

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Chordec

A great tool for quickly working out the chords of any mp3. Simply have the song on your device, open Chordec and point it to the song, within a few moments it’ll play the song and display the chords in real time. Super useful when learning a new song, or working out arrangements.

 

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Lemur

I’m just starting to get my head around Lemur and I’m loving it. It’s an iOS midi/osc app with tons of community based templates and great iOS or computer based apps for designing your own. I have templates for controlling Logic Pro, Apple Mainstage, Ableton and playing chords.

 

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Shift Media Creator

This is technically not a music app - Shift is a clever little app which allows you to easily take your own pictures and turn them into great looking motion backdrops for use in worship. The filters/layers and textures are designed with lyric projection in mind and are super easy to use.

 

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Tempo

Tempo timing is everything when you're using technology in worship and this is the best iPhone metronome I could find. It has tap tempo, a nice click sound, visual display and allows you to save BPM’s to create set lists. I use it for quickly working out the tempo of a song and have set up a playlist for our drummer to use before we moved to clicks and tracks.

 

and Kristian's bonus number 6....

 

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Logic Remote.

Great for using live with MainStage or when recording and not wanting to be tied to the computer. I’ve taken this app into the vocal booth with me on many occasion when working alone.

 

If you in the WeAreWorship community have others - share with us what they are in the comments box below. Thanks!

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